Is this why so many media critics are white men?

Andrew Beaujon, who is joining Poynter’s online team, offers this theory for why so many media critics are white males: “Media criticism, which is a fly-in-the-soup job, is fundamentally an alt-weekly pursuit, and alt-weeklies’ DNA is heavily white and male. In turn, I have a couple theories about that, but my working one is that it’s because working at such places gives white males such as myself a chance to feel like an underdog for once in our lives.” When Beaujon joins the diversity-sensitive Poynter next month, the institute’s online team will have two white women and four white males. (Before I left Poynter in November, online director Julie Moos was so concerned about the pool of candidates she had — there were many middle-aged white men applying for my job — that she was thinking about placing the job-opening ad a second time. I don’t know if that happened.)
* Where are the women and non-white media critics?
* Meet Andrew Beaujon, the New Romenesko




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  1. “Media criticism, which is a fly-in-the-soup job, is fundamentally an alt-weekly pursuit, and alt-weeklies’ DNA is heavily white, and male,” and gay.

  2. Mark said:

    If you want to be a media critic, go to Tumblr or somewhere else, do a good job of criticizing stuff and build an audience. If enough eyeballs fall on your pages, you’ll probably gain some advertisers.

    Where is it written that there must be a “job” you have to apply to in order to do be a media critic or anything else media-related anymore?

  3. Dan said:

    Just horrified to read that the only qualified candidates Julie could find were all “middle-aged, white men.” Oh, the horror. No wonder the state of journalism in this country is so poor…